Friday, March 30, 2007

Floral Spray

I've been working on this floral spray on my encrusted block. Some of my classmates thought my block looked finished, but I just think it looked "nice". Anyway, I wanted to place some motifs around the block to help its "flow" like we learned in Sharon's class. Just a few more things to do and I will consider the block really finished.

Tuesday, March 20, 2007

Seams done

Well, I've finished embellishing all the seams of my encrusted block, so now it's time for some SRE, buttons, etc. to tie it all together.

This is my latest seam treatment - I wanted to keep it kind of simple because I think some SRE will spill over it.

Saturday, March 17, 2007

Encrusted seam

Finished another seam on the encrusted block. Just have one more seam to embellish and then on to motifs and bringing the block all together. I am so enjoying this!

Keep on stitchin'


Friday, March 16, 2007


Can you tell these are tulips? I hope so. These are semi-stumpwork tulips that are described in the book "Ribbon Embroidery and Stumpwork" by Di van Niekerk, (isbn 1-84448-090-9). I like this book because it combines 2 of my favorite things - SRE and stumpwork. I haven't actually done a lot of traditional stumpwork - instead I have done lots of stumpwork using ribbon. I really like the idea of dimension in embroidery.

Only a couple more seams to embellish and then I can add some motifs, buttons, etc. to my block! It's so exciting!

Happy Stitching.....

Wednesday, March 14, 2007

Another Encrusted Seam

Here is another seam I've been working on in Sharon's encrusted class. I changed my mind about a million times about the flowers to put here - first the roses were too big, so then I tried beaded flowers. They seeemed too chunky, so I went back to the roses, just made them smaller. I think what makes me stitch soooo slowly is just deciding what to do.

Here are the rejected flowers....
Happy Stitching....


Saturday, March 10, 2007

New YLI Fibers

On Thursday I went to a Quilting/Craft show at the Pomona county fairgrounds. Felting is certainly hot! There were lots of booths selling felting machines or hand felters, wool roving and fabrics to felt upon. One interesting thing that was done with a felting machine was to "felt" a lightweight metallic ribbon to a backing fabric. It made the ribbon look randomly "wrinkly" and gave a very interesting texture. The thing I noticed about all the felting hoopla that was disappointing to me was that the colors were all muted earth tones. Some of the booths "read" as all browns. Where are the pinks, the purples, bright turquoise?

There were also lots of booths selling patterns and fabric for sane quilting. I wish it had been a stitching/sewing show - I think there would have been more for the CQer there. I did find some new fibers, though, that I hadn't seen before. I've certainly worked with ribbon floss or RG's Neon Rays. But I'd never seen ribbon floss with metallic woven through it. Pictured are some colors of YLI Shimmer Blend ribbon floss. I had to get some. It's interesting how they can take a basic color and then add metallic black to it, or take the same color and add metallic silver and the two results are sooo different.
Happy Stitching.....


Friday, March 09, 2007

Fan on Encrusted Block

Things have been busy lately. Last weekend I was out of town for a women's convocation, which was wonderfully uplifting and inspiring and very fun. Also, I laughed and laughed and got very little sleep, so I've been playing catch-up all week. Now back to the encrusted class.... When I put this curved piece in the corner, I hadn't really planned for this to be a fan, so the curve wasn't right, the pink piece wasn't symmetrical, etc. So I spent a lot of time fudging things and trying to camouflage the unevenness. Then, I just couldn't stop adding things to this fan. Oh, it just needs a little more dark pink, now some cream, what about more beads - rick-rack, pearls, you name it! But I am very happy with the way it came out. Meanwhile, I removed some boring lace, changed the other curved seam and went shopping! Two steps forward and one step back....oh, well..

Happy Stitching!